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Just Below the Surface: Near Misses and Bulletproof Jackets

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My Black friends and I talk a lot about the racist encounters that punctuate our lives as Black people navigating a mainly white America. In fact, I’ve joked with some of my friends that one day I will compile all of these experiences into a book, entitled We Were So Happy: Racist Incidents and Microaggressions, where I document the moments when racism …

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Imitators #AskRachel

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  This has been an exhausting week for black women. — Austin Channing (@austinchanning) June 12, 2015 Yes. Yes it has.  It’s been exhausting.  We deserve more,  my people. Last Saturday, an African American woman about my age was racially profiled in the lobby of the Congress Plaza hotel in Chicago, with four other African Americans.  While they were downstairs …

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Why On Earth Would You Run?

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I ran, officer, because I look exactly like the faces of dead teenagers and adults I’ve seen on the news, on posters at protests, and on little alters to the dead in my neighborhood. I ran on the outside chance that I was faster than you and that my speed could help me avoid this: an arrest I did nothing …

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10 Awesome Spoken Word Performances

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This is my tenth post on the amazing Collected Young Minds website and so I was inspired to share some awesome spoken word performances that I go to when I’m feeling someway about life and its many struggles, roadblocks, and detours. [Some of these poems are NSFW (Not Safe for Work)] I hope you enjoy. Peace and love to all! …

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Thirst Trap Queens

In Art & Culture by Zakiya Jackson1 Comment

My goodness. Ever since I became aware of Thirst Traps, Thirsty Thursdays has a whoooollle notha ring to it. Ya know what I mean? I had a Thirsty type Thursday myself recently.  Don’t front. I already know that you already know what it’s like to have one those extra thirst days.  They can come seemingly out of no where. Having …

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The Proper Response to “I’m Not Racist.”

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People like to say the following phrases loudly and often: “I’m not racist.” “I can’t be racist.” And the problem is that we let them say it. We make that the conversation when we should be pushing back on the very premise of those statements. The proper response (in real life, on Twitter, Facebook, or any other medium) to the …

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Decompress with Art, Music, & Media

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Art. Music. Media. I think it’s important for people to have hobbies and activities that provide them with emotional, mental, and spiritual peace. Being able to create, collaborate, share, or enjoy art, music, and digital media allows for people to decompress and express themselves. This past Friday, I was out with friends and as usual, for our little group, racism, …

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Peace so Eternal: I Write to Heal My Soul

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Searching for Love Searching for Peace Peace for all Peace for self Self love Self hate Hate that kills Hate that maintains Maintains the status quo Maintains the oppressive system System that exploits System that wasn’t built for us Us, the people Us, the silenced Silenced and abused Silenced because of our skin Skin that defines worth- or lack thereof …

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CONTRIBUTION: All You Need Is 30 Seconds

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by Shantae J. Edwards          Ask yourself a few questions. What kind of world do you imagine for yourself? More specifically, what ideas are you hoarding in your mind that are collecting dust? Have you convinced yourself that you “don’t have enough time”? This could be because of fear of failure. But, really, how long do you …

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CONTRIBUTION: Intellectual Impartiality: An Essay on Special Education Overrepresentation

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by D. McInnis, Early Childhood Educator, Washington, D.C. A few nights ago, I sat in a room with my colleagues and fellow educators discussing the school-to-prison pipeline, cultural perceptions in the classroom, and the overrepresentation of Black boys in special education. The responses and ideas regarding these systemic issues were both profound and riveting; there was also a collective understanding that …

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Poetry: Freedom, Liberty, & Justice For All

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I’ve been filled with grief and anger these past couple of weeks; injustice and racism take a toll on my health at times. I needed to clear my heart and mind so I turned to poetry. Freedom F*ck this system that wasn’t built for my sisters and brothers and mothers and fathers and me Really don’t have time for that; …

Grief

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It surprises me how quickly and fluidly words flow forth when I’m grieving. Grief is not always accompanied by this clarity, however. Sometimes the grief is just pain, and my body must simply endure it and then vomit it out in its own way: tears, sickness, fatigue. I still wonder where that pain goes when it isn’t received by another …

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Black Girl Magic

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#BlackGirlMagic was originated by Auntie Peebz. I’ve been using the the phrase and hashtag and I want to share what I mean by it.   When I say that Black Girls are Magic, I mean that we are sparkly and full of wonder and beauty and admirable qualities. We are inspiring and hopeful and magnificently cool. I do not mean …

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Work & Pray

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I wish that no one was killed because of hate this year. I wish that no Black church was burned down at the evil hands of white supremacy. I wish that the police didn’t abuse and murder Black boys and girls and men and women out of fear and excepted criminality. I wish that, in 2015 alone, 7 trans women …

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CONTRIBUTION: When Black Is NOT Beautiful

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by Kezia Williams This piece first appeared at The Black Uprising Blog, which is focused on black entrepreneurship, innovation, and economics.  For more on the blog or the author, please visit the hyperlinked site above! When President Obama’s robust, slightly off-key, holy-filled rendition of Amazing Grace was sung during the eulogy of the late Reverend Pinckney, I went to church in …